According to papers filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (and first reported by Politics Daily), Mrs. Palin is seeking to trademark her name for "educational and entertainment services … providing motivational speaking services in the field of politics, culture, business and values."
The younger Ms. Palin’s application is for "educational and entertainment services, namely, providing motivational speaking services in the field of life choices."
As a 20 year-old who became a single mom as a teenager, Bristol Palin already has a lucrative career speaking about “life choices” – giving speeches and appearing on panels regarding teen abstinence.
In addition to “Dancing with the Stars,” Ms. Palin has appeared on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and of course “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” And she’s formed her own public relations and political consulting firm.
Trademark or not, Bristol Palin as a paid public speaker seems to be as controversial as her mother.
Last month, Washington University in St. Louis withdrew an invitation for her to speak on a panel for “Student Sexual Responsibility Week.”
“Because of the growing controversy among undergraduates over the decision to pay for her talk with student-generated funds” the committee and Palin decided against the appearance, the university said in a statement.